PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — With a strong showing in its second round, 17th-ranked Central Florida increased its lead to three strokes at the John Hayt Invitational on Monday afternoon.
The Knights sit in first-place at 598 (+12) after two rounds at the Sawgrass Country Club.
Ricardo Gouveia had the best score of any Knight on the day with a 72 (E). His strong performance was highlighted with an eagle on the 11th hole. After starting the day tied for 30th, Gouveia’s play vaulted him into a tie for 18th.
Brad Schneider had another solid round. Schneider fired a one-over 73. His birdie on the 18th hole capped off a 36 (E) on the back nine. He is currently in a three-way tie for seventh.
Trying to stay in the top 20, Jose Joia has found success on the eighth hole by birdieing it in each of the first two rounds. Joia currently is currently tied for 13th, with a +2 (146).
Greg Eason repeated his great play from Sunday’s back nine. With a 35 (-1) on the back nine, Eason shot a 73 (+1) on the day. His five birdies were a team-high for the second round.
Like his teammates, Kyle Wilshire has found success on the 11th hole. He has birdied it in both rounds.
The Knights are 10-under on the 11th hole during the tournament, including two eagles. Both times a Knight has eagled the 11th hole, they have went on to post a team-low score on the day.
After shooting a 71 (-1), TCU’s Julien Brun is the new tournament leader. He currently has a one-stroke lead on teammate Johan de Beer and Sunday’s leader, LSU’s Sang Yi.
With one round left, the Knights hold a three-stroke lead against North Texas, No. 3 Arkansas and Tennessee. The three schools are tied for second with a +15 (291).